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Test Name: Glucose Tolerance, 3 hour

Test Code(s): GLUTOL3 / HCGLUTOL3

CPT Code(s): 82951, 82952

Test Description: Test Component:

Fasting glucose, 60 min.,  2 hour, and 3 hour draw after administration of a glucose-containing solution.

Methodology: Hexokinase

Days Performed: Daily, 24 hours.

Turnaround Time: Stat: Not available stat.
Routine: 4 hours.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Blood

Patient Preparation: Patient should have nothing to eat or drink (except water) for 8-10 hours before the glucose tolerance test.

Collection Instructions: A fasting blood glucose specimen is drawn.  The patient ingests a solution containing 100 gm of glucose.  Blood samples are drawn at 60 minutes, 2 hours, and 3 hours post-ingestion.

Collection Container: Preferred: Green cap with yellow ring (PST)
Also Acceptable: Green top, Red cap with yellow ring (SST), Red top

Collection Volume: Preferred: 1 mL
Pediatrics: 0.3 mL

Sample Analyzed: Plasma or serum

Volume Required: Preferred: 0.5 mL
Pediatrics: 0.1 mL

Specimen Processing: Centrifuge. If a complete barrier has not formed, transfer cell-free plasma/serum to plastic vial. Refrigerate.

Specimen Transport: Transport specimen to laboratory. Transport with coolant pack if coming from outreach location.

Unacceptable Criteria: Hemolyzed specimens or whole blood specimens greater than 2 hours old when received by the laboratory are not acceptable.

Stability: Ambient: 8 hours
Refrigerated: PST - 48 hrs; if off cells or SST - 4 days
Frozen: okay


Critical Calls: View

Oral Glucose Tolerance Test, 3 hour
Gestational Glucose Tolerance Test

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